Cultivating Wildlife Habitats

Q: Recently I had many very tall pines removed from behind my house. I want to plant trees or large bushes back there so that the birds and squirrels will have a good habitat.

A: Whether you are squirrel, bird or human, three things determine your survival: food, water and shelter. Some of the best plants for wildlife include wax myrtle, serviceberry, holly, juniper, elderberry and viburnum. Crabapples such as ‘Prairiefire’, ‘Dolgo’, ‘Molten Lava’ and ‘Donald Wyman’ are excellent. Try to install a small water feature so the animals can find moisture when they need it. Buy some binoculars and you’ll never lack for entertainment!